The messaging app WhatsApp has stated that it is going to limit the amount of messages users can forward to other people. This aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19-related misinformation, BBC reports.
Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, stated that there has been a "significant increase" in the forwarding action during the pandemic. A number of false theories and fake news bits regarding the outbreak—from topics like where it came from, how it can be treated, to what will happen next—have circulated via social media and online chat groups.
According to BBC, here's how the change will go: "After one single message has been forwarded more than five times, people will only be able to forward it on one single chat at a time instead of five. So users will still be able to forward the message as many times as they like, but WhatsApp will make them click on the forward button each time, and not let them select multiple chats at once to forward the message to."